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Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is a quartz variety that gets its name from its delicate pink color.

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Microscopic mineral inclusions are responsible for the gem's mysterious haziness.

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While rose quartz is often cabochon-cut, it’s also popular in faceted styles.

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Pastel shades

The delicate pastel pinks of rose quartz have a romantic appeal.

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Intergrown crystals caused this rough’s massive, non-crystalline, form.

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Rose quartz is commonly translucent rather than transparent.

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This enormous rose quartz rough weighs 206.80 grams (over 1000 carats)!

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About Rose Quartz

About Rose Quartz

The color of rose quartz ranges from very light pink (almost white) to medium-dark pink. The most appealing color typically occurs in larger sizes; small rose quartz specimens with good color tend to be scarce. Rose quartz is usually found in massive form, so well-shaped crystals are highly prized.

Rose Quartz Description

Rose Quartz History and Lore

Birthstones & Anniversaries

Rose quartz has been recognized as the gem that commemorates the fifth wedding anniversary.

Delicate color

The deepest colors often occur in large sizes; small specimens with good color are rare.


Microscopic mineral inclusions give this pastel gem a cloudy translucence.

Six-pointed star

When rose quartz contains small, well oriented inclusions, it can sometimes show asterism.


  • Mineral: Quartz
  • Chemical composition: SiO2
  • Color: Very light pink to medium-dark pink
  • Refractive index: 1.544 to 1.553
  • Specific gravity: 2.66 (+0.03/-0.02)
  • Mohs hardness: 7


There are a number of processes used to alter the color, apparent clarity, or improve the durability of gems.

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Some gemstones have synthetic counterparts that have essentially the same chemical, physical, and optical properties, but are grown by man in a laboratory.

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Any gem can be imitated—sometimes by manmade materials or by natural materials chosen by man to impersonate a particular gem.

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Why We Love This Gemstone


The most appealing color typically occurs in larger sizes. Small specimens generally display lighter shades of pink.


When rose quartz contains numerous small inclusions, it can show a cat’s-eye or the more common star effect.


Rose quartz has been popular with gem carvers for producing figurines and other small decorative objects.

Quality Factors

The following factors combine to determine rose quartz value.


quality factors

Rose quartz comes in a range of delicate shades, from very light to medium-dark pink.


quality factors

Rose quartz owes its cloudy translucence to microscopic mineral inclusions.


quality factors

Transparent material is usually faceted; translucent material is cabochon-cut or carved.

Carat Weight

quality factors

Gem size makes a difference: Large gems generally show the most intense pink shades.

Rose Quartz Quality Factors: The Comprehensive Guide


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